Telecaster raring to go for Eclipse challenge
Hughie Morrison has confirmed Telecaster will take his chance in the Coral-eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday.
The colt appeared set to play a major role in the Derby after winning the Dante Stakes at York in good style but, having raced keenly early on at Epsom, he faded tamely to finish last of 13.
“We were very happy with him yesterday [Tuesday] – so unless there is a late wobble, we will be there on Saturday,” said Morrison.
“Epsom probably came too soon for him, and the course was probably not to his liking. Hopefully, we are not going back too soon. He is bursting with energy at home, so we thought we had better run him.
“Will we get the horse which ran in the Dante on Saturday, or the one who ran in the Derby?
“He doesn’t give you any outward signs of the contrary. It’s pretty unnerving, and it would be easy to bottle it – but he looks well, is working well and opportunities like this do not come along very often, so off you go.”
Enable continues to command strong support for the race and is now as low as Even-money favourite to make a winning return. Yesterday, connections reported her in good shape but voiced concerns regarding fast ground.
“She’s in good form – she had a nice breeze this morning and looks in good shape,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, yesterday.
“I don’t think she’d want the ground very firm. Ten furlongs isn’t worrying us, because she’s got a good cruising speed, so I wouldn’t be overly concerned about that. We thought Sandown would suit her.”
Sandown clerk of the course Andrew Cooper expects Enable’s trainer John Gosden to examine the track for himself and hopes he will find the surface satisfactory. “Hopefully it will be OK. I’m sure John [Gosden] will take a look,” he said.
“We want to provide a safe, fair racing surface – and I think we’re on course to do that.
“Watering is taking place every day this week, in the absence of any rain. It’s been a question of how much water to put on.”
Positive outlook: Trainer Hughie Morrison reports Telecaster to be in peak form